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Rain across Taiwan forecast to ease Tuesday night as front weakens

2019/05/28 16:22:17

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Taipei, May 28 (CNA) Heavy rains across Taiwan are expected to abate Tuesday night as a weather front weakens but isolated showers are likely to continue across the country into Wednesday, according to meteorologist Wu Der-rong (吳德榮).

As the weakening front lingers near northern Taiwan, however, the weather will remain unstable for the rest of the week, with isolated showers and thundershowers in mountainous areas Thursday and Friday, although partly clear skies will be seen in most of the country, said Wu, an adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University.

Earlier Tuesday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued an extremely heavy rain warning for Taoyuan city, Hsinchu County, Hsinchu City and Miaoli County in northern Taiwan, as a powerful weather front arrived in the country.

On Tuesday morning, torrential rain drenched northern Taiwan, causing flooding in front of the A8 station on the Taoyuan Metro line, according to Guishan Police Station in Taoyuan City.

Extremely heavy rainfall is defined as more than 200mm in 24 hours or more than 100mm in three hours, according to the CWB warning system.

Mountainous areas in central and southern Taiwan were expected to experience isolated heavy showers in the afternoon, the CWB said, warning residents of these areas to beware of lightning strikes, strong wind gusts, flooding in low-lying areas and rock falls.

According to the bureau, eastern and western parts of Taiwan were likely to see some showers and thunderstorms Tuesday.

(By Yu Hsiao-han, Wu Jui-chi and Chung Yu-chen)